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Russia: Tu-154 crash site rescue op to continue 'non stop' during the night - MoD02:24

Russia: Tu-154 crash site rescue op to continue 'non stop' during the night - MoD

Russian Federation, Moscow
December 25, 2016 at 20:13 GMT -00:00 · Published

Russian Defence Ministry spokesperson Major-General Igor Konashenkov informed that the Tu-154 crash site rescue operations would continue throughout the entire night, during a press briefing in Moscow on Sunday.

Konashenkov said "With the onset of night time operation is still in non-stop mode and will continue around the clock. Ships have high power lights, visual inspection of the shoreline is carried out by units of the Southern Military District to detect any items associated with the crash."

Furthermore, Konashenkov informed that additional rescue support forces would continue to arrive, in the form of ships, divers and helicopters. "In order to promptly re-enforce groups ten Il-76 planes are ready to depart within an hour. The unmanned aerial vehicle Orlan-10 has been delivered by the military transport aircraft, which will soon begin air monitoring of the sea surface. The diving group was increased to 109 divers. 80 divers of the Navy and EMERCOM, who arrived earlier, are deployed on ships and began to dive to locate the fuselage and large fragments of the aircraft at the estimated crash site."

"In the near future specialists of the Northern fleet with remotely operated underwater vehicles, the Tiger and the Falcon, will arrive at Adler airport. Two submersibles of the Russian geographical society were also sent to the area of the crash, equipped with manipulators and powerful lights," Konashenkov went on.

"At Adler and Chkalovsky airports and in the building of the Alexandrov Ensemble in Moscow, all the necessary medical and psychological assistance is provided to relatives. The Defence Ministry will provide compensation in the amount of RUB 5.8 million to relatives of each serviceman and employees of civilian agencies in accordance with applicable law," concluded Konashenkov.

The Tu-154 aircraft was bound for the Hmeimim airbase in Syria's Latakia province, carrying the official army choir of the Russian armed forces, the Alexandrov Ensemble, also known as the Red Army Choir. The musicians on board were due to take part in a New Year's performance. The plane crashed just 20 minutes after take-off, from Sochi, early on Sunday.

The Tu-154 plane was carrying 92 people, including 84 passengers and eight crew members. According to the MoD, no survivors have been found at the crash site, while ten bodies have been recovered so far.

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Russian Defence Ministry spokesperson Major-General Igor Konashenkov informed that the Tu-154 crash site rescue operations would continue throughout the entire night, during a press briefing in Moscow on Sunday.

Konashenkov said "With the onset of night time operation is still in non-stop mode and will continue around the clock. Ships have high power lights, visual inspection of the shoreline is carried out by units of the Southern Military District to detect any items associated with the crash."

Furthermore, Konashenkov informed that additional rescue support forces would continue to arrive, in the form of ships, divers and helicopters. "In order to promptly re-enforce groups ten Il-76 planes are ready to depart within an hour. The unmanned aerial vehicle Orlan-10 has been delivered by the military transport aircraft, which will soon begin air monitoring of the sea surface. The diving group was increased to 109 divers. 80 divers of the Navy and EMERCOM, who arrived earlier, are deployed on ships and began to dive to locate the fuselage and large fragments of the aircraft at the estimated crash site."

"In the near future specialists of the Northern fleet with remotely operated underwater vehicles, the Tiger and the Falcon, will arrive at Adler airport. Two submersibles of the Russian geographical society were also sent to the area of the crash, equipped with manipulators and powerful lights," Konashenkov went on.

"At Adler and Chkalovsky airports and in the building of the Alexandrov Ensemble in Moscow, all the necessary medical and psychological assistance is provided to relatives. The Defence Ministry will provide compensation in the amount of RUB 5.8 million to relatives of each serviceman and employees of civilian agencies in accordance with applicable law," concluded Konashenkov.

The Tu-154 aircraft was bound for the Hmeimim airbase in Syria's Latakia province, carrying the official army choir of the Russian armed forces, the Alexandrov Ensemble, also known as the Red Army Choir. The musicians on board were due to take part in a New Year's performance. The plane crashed just 20 minutes after take-off, from Sochi, early on Sunday.

The Tu-154 plane was carrying 92 people, including 84 passengers and eight crew members. According to the MoD, no survivors have been found at the crash site, while ten bodies have been recovered so far.

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